Abandoned SpaceX rocket booster will hit the Moon in March, astronomers predict

Abandoned SpaceX rocket booster will hit the Moon in March, astronomers predict

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27/01/2022 4:38:00 AM

Abandoned SpaceX rocket booster will hit the Moon in March, astronomers predict

A chunk of a SpaceX rocket looks likely to collide with the Moon in a matter of months. But experts say there's no need for alarm; this sort of thing probably happens all the time.

Humans have sent spacecraft to crash into the Moon on purpose for tests in the pastto put into orbit a NASA satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).The booster passed quite close to the Moon in January in a rendezvous that altered its orbit, he said.

Dr Gray appealed to the amateur astronomer community to join him in observing the booster, and his conclusion was confirmed.Reuters: Scott Audette"I've been tracking junk of this sort for about 15 years. And this is the first unintentional lunar impact that we've had," Dr Gray said.

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Not Elon Musk's SpaceX - This is misinformation The booster (20tons )from this launch did a soft water landing and the 2nd stage (4tons) is what is going to hit the dark side of the moon. Look at elonmusk always making history No need for alarm? Really? Given its importance to how our earth functions I consider man made junk crashing into the moon at thousands of km an hour alarming. So it's not bad enough that we trash the earth we also need to do it in outer space.

Noooooo ABCscience Great, now the billionaires are trashing the moon. Way overdue, but this needs to be regulated. Littering the moon and space is not ok. That's littering. Will this upset astrologists? Hmmm, that is an incredibly (unbelievable) lucky shot! 🤔

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A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say. Key points: The SpaceX junk almost collided with the Moon in January Humans have sent spacecraft to crash into the Moon on purpose for tests in the past There is no kept record of human-made junk floating through space The rocket was deployed in 2015 to put into orbit a NASA satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Since then, the second stage of the rocket, or booster, has been floating in what mathematicians call a chaotic orbit, said astronomer Bill Gray. It was Dr Gray who calculated the space junk's new collision course with the Moon. The booster passed quite close to the Moon in January in a rendezvous that altered its orbit, he said. Dr Gray is behind Project Pluto, software that allows for calculating the trajectory of asteroids and other objects in space and is used in NASA-financed space observation programs. A week after the rocket stage whizzed close to the Moon, Dr Gray observed it again and concluded it would crash into the Moon's dark side on March 4 at more than 9,000 kilometres per hour. Dr Gray appealed to the amateur astronomer community to join him in observing the booster, and his conclusion was confirmed. The boosters eject themselves off the rocket as 'stage two' of launch. ( Reuters: Scott Audette ) The exact time and spot of impact may change slightly from his forecast but there is widespread agreement that there will be a collision on the Moon that day. "I've been tracking junk of this sort for about 15 years. And this is the first unintentional lunar impact that we've had," Dr Gray said. Time to start regulating Astronomer Jonathan McDowell said it was possible similar impacts have taken place unnoticed. "There're at least 50 objects that were left in deep-Earth orbit in the 60s, 70s and 80s that were just abandoned there. We didn't track them," he said. "Now we're picking up a couple of them… but a lot of them we're not finding and so they're not there anymore. "Probably at least a few hit the Moon accidentally and we just didn't notice." The impact of the SpaceX rocket chunk, weighing four tonnes, on the Moon will not be visible from Earth in real time. But it will leave a crater that scientists will be able to observe with spacecraft and satellites like NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or India's Chandrayaan-2, and thus learn more about the geology of the Moon. Spacecraft have been intentionally crashed into the Moon before for scientific purposes, such as during the Apollo missions to test seismometers. In 2009, NASA sent a rocket stage hurling into the Moon near its south pole to look for water . But most rockets do not go so far from Earth. SpaceX brings its rocket boosters back through the Earth's atmosphere so they disintegrate over the ocean. The first stage is recovered and reused. Dr Gray said there could be more unintentional crashes into the Moon in the future as the US and Chinese space programs in particular leave more junk in orbit. The US together with international partners is already planning a space station to orbit the Moon. Dr McDowell noted these events "start to be problematic when there's a lot more traffic." "It's actually no-one's job to keep track of the junk that we leave out in deep-Earth orbit," he said. "I think now's the time to start regulating it." SpaceX did not immediately respond to request for comment. Elon Musk's company is currently developing a lunar lander that should allow NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2025 at the earliest. AFP